Rising Tide Foundation Issues Calls for Empowering for Freedom Proposals

The Rising Tide Foundation works to maximize individual potential, build competencies through education, create opportunities, and advance the quality of life of cancer patients so that more people can flourish in life on their own terms.

To that end, the foundation has issued a call for proposals that explore the theme Empowering for Freedom. Grants ranging between $50,000 and $1 million over no more than five years will be awarded for projects that show entrepreneurial approaches to social issues that advance the freedom of individuals and society through one of two approaches: 1) directly enhancing the freedom of individuals along at least one of its dimensions by reducing obstacles, barriers, constraints, or interference from others through innovative approaches (not including general awareness, publication or policy work); or enabling individuals that may otherwise not have the chance to access transformational interventions (non-governmental) and programs that empower them to live an independent, sustainable, and self-determined life (not including scholarships); and 2) the design, piloting, or implementation of bottom-up alternatives to existing government solutions to societal issues organized as decentralized networks, private-sector organizations, NGOs, etc.

Example application areas identified by the foundation include personal liberty, freedom of speech, improved property rights, economic independence, less regulated entrepreneurship, innovation in education, and private-sector solutions to public issues.

Types of projects awarded through this RFP include funding of training and incubation in some form of entrepreneurship (e.g., projects by incubators, accelerators, or training institutions that provide skills, training, and funding access to individuals, communities, non-/for-profit organizations); and direct-project funding to nonprofit or hybrid organizations for testing, implementation, or scaleup of their focus activities.

The foundation will give preference to projects in regions where the political infrastructure is robust enough to allow free market principles to be promoted and the rule of law can realistically be expanded and grow.

Letters of Intent are due August 12. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Rising Tide Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: July 29, 2019